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  1. Limb logs are less reliable for straight, flat...

    Limb logs are less reliable for straight, flat lumber due to the fact that the heart is likely off-center, and they often have sweep. Check with the mill where he intends to take the 'logs', "the...
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    John, it was 19 logs out of 500, but I have...

    John, it was 19 logs out of 500, but I have changed more than one blade in a log (at the client's request). I suspect that I have hit more nails from tree stands than from tree houses. That stat...
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    Honey locust makes some beautiful wood, works...

    Honey locust makes some beautiful wood, works similar to red oak but a bit harder. When my tree guys bring locust it is under the condition that any thorns have been removed before it gets here. As...
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    My experiences in this area (KC Metro) are much...

    My experiences in this area (KC Metro) are much closer to John's than to Scott's. The potential for salvaging saw logs is definitely something to be discussed with the tree service guy before a...
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    Jon, I didn't see your location but, if your...

    Jon, I didn't see your location but, if your estimated cost is accurate, you would be looking at about $2.85 p/bf for a yard tree, pine at that. That would be for green boards that would still have...
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    Two considerations for your trailer. I have...

    Two considerations for your trailer. I have found that a marine deep cycle battery will work better than a regular starting battery for winching. Consider welding a trailer jack on each rear corner...
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    A similar question came up on another forum many...

    A similar question came up on another forum many years ago. More than 50% of the logs I saw are walnut and it was something I see frequently so, when an expert (I'm not sure I remember which one),...
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    When the boards are milled there are bacteria in...

    When the boards are milled there are bacteria in the wood that are exposed to the air for the first time. They overdose on oxygen and bloom, hence the green color, but soon die off and those areas...
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    Just curious, supporting the shaft/axle on both...

    Just curious, supporting the shaft/axle on both sides would certainly be much stronger, but how would you put the blade on?
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    Although the tapered piece could be a mistake, it...

    Although the tapered piece could be a mistake, it may also be a remnant. Does it contain the pith (the heart of the log)?. There are many ways to saw a log and, from you description, it sounds as...
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    I have been very happy with Kasco bandsaw blades....

    I have been very happy with Kasco bandsaw blades. I tried about 7 different brands and they came out ahead for life/cost on my mill. WoodMaxx blades at www.Kasco.com They have common sizes listed...
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    John, Those first mobile jobs give you things...

    John,

    Those first mobile jobs give you things to think about that don't come up when milling at home, what tools to take with you, etc. Hopefully, you kept some accurate records and you can...
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    Bill, bring it back and I'd be glad to check it. ...

    Bill, bring it back and I'd be glad to check it. Being that old, I didn't even think of that being a question when we milled it. If it has been stored outside, it should be in equilibrium and...
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    Dan, I don't think that a 13% reading would be...

    Dan, I don't think that a 13% reading would be unusual after 6 months, considering that your pin meter is reading the surface moisture content. The actual EMC of your 8/4 slabs is probably quite a...
  15. You will limit your options if you try one...

    You will limit your options if you try one manufacturer's site. There are several manufacturers that will offer referrals, more likely the manufacturers of larger mills since those are more likely...
  16. Sean, it would be very helpful if you were to...

    Sean, it would be very helpful if you were to indicate where the log was located. If you are able to move the log, it would increase your options. A log that size would weigh over 15,000 pounds. If...
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    Cory, Thanks for the compliment, and the...

    Cory,
    Thanks for the compliment, and the feedback on Nathan. He was actually one of my clients who caught the bug and ended up buying his own sawmill. Since I started in 2011, I have been the only...
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    AnchorSeal works very well, but it was designed...

    AnchorSeal works very well, but it was designed for this specific use. There are other manufacturers of similar products. I think that I read somewhere that AnchorSeal only cost .01 to .02 per...
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    Contact Nathan Nowak at www.WyCoWoodCo.com He is...

    Contact Nathan Nowak at www.WyCoWoodCo.com He is in KCK but mobile. He has a Lucas swing-blade mill with the slabbing attachment, and the planing attachment. (816) 244-5505
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    Wood prices, in the retail market, are highly...

    Wood prices, in the retail market, are highly variable. At our local HD store, walnut boards are over $20 p/bf (a 1x6x8' is $83.27). Now, that is a really nicely packaged board; plastic-wrapped,...
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    The Doyle Scale penalizes smaller logs, and...

    The Doyle Scale penalizes smaller logs, and certainly is not accurate as to the yield when using a bandsaw. A dozen 10"x10' logs could yield 500 bf, but nothing near 1200. For bandsaws, if you can...
  22. A couple of challenges just make it interesting. ...

    A couple of challenges just make it interesting. If he can get the dingo in to the back yard, he could lift the log and drop it over the fence, then go through the gate and pick it up again (it'll...
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    I buy a couple of extras in each size I need and...

    I buy a couple of extras in each size I need and sticker stack any pressure treated lumber I use. If you get the semi dry boards off the top of the stack at the box store, they'll never straighten...
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    Although I don't mill "on shares" because of the...

    Although I don't mill "on shares" because of the problems you mentioned, I do have a protocol for those who are looking for something similar. They bring their logs and I scale them, just as I would...
  25. Cody, several times in the past, I have finished...

    Cody, several times in the past, I have finished up jobs that were started with a chainsaw mill that killed the chainsaw, or the operator just gave up. 18" diameter logs are a piece of cake for...
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